Projection of a Torus
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|ImageIntro=A four-dimensional torus projected into three-dimensional space. | |ImageIntro=A four-dimensional torus projected into three-dimensional space. | ||
|ImageDescElem=It is impossible to visualize a complete four-dimensional object, since we have only ever lived in three-dimensional space. However, there are ways to capture parts of the four-dimensional object in three-dimensional space. A useful analogy is a world map. We can capture the essence of the three-dimensional globe on a two-dimensional map, but only by using a projection, which distorts the three-dimensional object in some way to fit on a two-dimensional surface. | |ImageDescElem=It is impossible to visualize a complete four-dimensional object, since we have only ever lived in three-dimensional space. However, there are ways to capture parts of the four-dimensional object in three-dimensional space. A useful analogy is a world map. We can capture the essence of the three-dimensional globe on a two-dimensional map, but only by using a projection, which distorts the three-dimensional object in some way to fit on a two-dimensional surface. | ||
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+ | A similar process is carried out to create this page's main image. A four-dimensional object, described further below, is projected into three-dimensions using two different projections. | ||
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|AuthorName=Thomas F. Banchoff | |AuthorName=Thomas F. Banchoff | ||
|Field=Algebra | |Field=Algebra | ||
|InProgress=Yes | |InProgress=Yes | ||
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Projection of a Torus
- A four-dimensional torus projected into three-dimensional space.
Basic Description
It is impossible to visualize a complete four-dimensional object, since we have only ever lived in three-dimensional space. However, there are ways to capture parts of the four-dimensional object in three-dimensional space. A useful analogy is a world map. We can capture the essence of the three-dimensional globe on a two-dimensional map, but only by using a projection, which distorts the three-dimensional object in some way to fit on a two-dimensional surface.A similar process is carried out to create this page's main image. A four-dimensional object, described further below, is projected into three-dimensions using two different projections.
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